As Dennis grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, we have a distinct advantage being a Newport wedding photography company in that we know tons of great, off-the-beaten-track locations for not just Newport wedding photography, but also for timeless fashion-inspired portraits. It’s called the ocean state for good reason, you’re never more than 45 minutes from the coast and this proximity brings refreshing breezes in the summer months. The historical significance of Rhode Island can not be overstated and it’s full of majestic, gilded-age architecture perfectly suited to elegant wedding ceremonies and luxurious wedding receptions.

For a seaside estate wedding, Oceancliff Newport offers incredible views of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. If candid wedding photojournalism set amidst gilded age romance sounds like your day, an Oceancliff Newport wedding would certainly not disappoint. Additionally, its central location means you could incorporate visiting some of the Newport Mansions into your Newport wedding photography.

Just up the coast from Newport, nestled along the banks of the Sakonnet river is the Glen Manor House. For a classic French chateau wedding in New England, the Glen Manor house is the perfect choice and would lend itself wonderfully to a lavish editorial photography inspired image collection. Being situated on the eastern shores of the river, you’ll be almost guaranteed shelter from the occasionally strong afternoon sea-breeze which will almost surely be at your backs.  

On the very western edge of Rhode Island is a town Dennis' family lives in and also where Taylor Swift likes to spend her summers. The premier wedding venue in Westerly’s Watch Hill community is The Ocean House. Just steps from the typically calm waters of the Block Island, the venue is an outstanding choice if you’re after sun-drenched New England destination wedding photography. And who knows, you may run into Taylor getting an ice-cream with her new boyfriend.

About Viera Photographics

Viera Photographics is a husband and wife wedding photography team located in Sonoma, California. They specialize in telling stories through their style of wedding photojournalism and candid documentary wedding photography. In business since 2005 they are considered to be one of the top high-end wedding photographers. Their unique wedding photographic style emphasizes stylish storytelling with raw emotion. They bring impeccable and unmatched customer service on every level.

Jaime, Dennis and their team are available worldwide with no travel fees. They travel often photographing weddings all over the world. Some of their top destinations are: Napa, San Francisco, Tahoe, Big Sur, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, New York, Newport, Rhode Island, Vermont, Mexico, and Hawaii.

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Featured Rhode Island weddings

A Glen Manor House wedding // Marissa and Michael

bride and groom wedding photography portrait at glen manor house

When we initially spoke with Michael to find out more about their Glen Manor House wedding, I knew in the first minute we wanted to be their wedding photographers. The way Michael spoke lovingly about his fiancé Marissa was endearing to say the least and he wanted to secure the absolute best team for his future wife’s perfect Glen Manor house wedding. Luckily, he felt we were that perfect fit photographer-wise and were once again, booking tickets, bound for Dennis’ hometown of Newport, Rhode Island, and the land of chowda the the Sox! To call Marissa and Michael’s wedding DIY would be a bit like saying your pal was going to be performing a few songs at your wedding…and that your pal’s name was Ed Sheeran. As a visual design manager for Nordstrom, every wedding day detail was overseen by Marissa and carefully crafted as a stylish reflection of their taste and style. It’s probably best to simply list Marissa’s contributions: Refurbished the Drink Cart Made the Drink Stirrers Made the Fans for the Ceremony Made the Escort Cards Made Thank You Notes at the Table Brought in Curated Antiques to Style Around the Mansion Made Flower Girl Crowns Provided Unique Props for Cake (such as the crowns) The near-century old Glen Manor house, inspired by the château style of homes of Northern France, was just the venue to transport guests to another place and another time. The wedding day weather was absolutely perfect – as late spring days often are in this corner of the world – which allowed the ceremony, speeches, and first dance all to take place under open skies and in the presence of the local bird community chirping in their support for the couple. As Michael grew up in Rhode Island, it wasn’t a complete… Continue Reading

A Newport Wedding at the Chanler // Jessica and Anthony

Jessica and Anthony’s wedding day celebration at the Chanler hotel was a gorgeous Newport wedding with seamlessly woven elements of casual elegance, color, and high fashion. The Chanler’s meticulously appointed and spacious rooms provided the perfect atmosphere for the girls to get ready, sip champagne and reminisce over old times. After their emotional first look (we’ve rarely seen a groom so excited), we made our way to Rosecliff mansion for photos with the bride and groom before returning to the Chanler’s west lawn for their ceremony. As the couple exchanged their vows in the stillness of the afternoon, with the sound of gentle waves lapping the nearby shores of Easton’s beach, it was easily understood that the 19th century Mansion has been called the most romantic hotel in America. Growing up just a mile from the property, it was deeply nostalgic returning to this special part of the world and we couldn’t have been matched up with a more perfect couple to share in each others enthusiasm. The cocktail hour featured classic cocktails and east coast delicacies while guests played lawn games and explored the hidden garden nooks around the property. Dinner featured toasts from the bride and groom’s siblings and was followed by dancing on the Chanler’s oceanside piazza. There, the couple danced their first dance together and were soon joined by parents, then the entire wedding party as the dance floor erupted into the Hora. The dance party continued late into the night and guests either moved inside or cooled off on the veranda in the misty salt air as Jessica re-joined the party in a cute white cocktail dress while Anthony promptly responded to requests to “show me how you Dougie”. About the Couple How they met Anthony and Jessica met in law school when she got a summer… Continue Reading

An Oceancliff wedding // Caitlin and Ben

He had waited so long for this moment.  Despite having known her since their senior year at Skidmore College, it almost seemed like it took forever to get here.  Their friends were so surprised when they started dating; the two couldn’t have been more opposite.  While Caitlin was hard at work on her senior year thesis, which could have been a PhD dissertation, Ben was more interested in playing with his band, skiing, yelling and the like. However, they began to bring the best out in one another and it just made sense. Together they went out to conquer the world and moved to New York City. Together they went through career changes, grad school, law school, moving.  They were poor but very happy and together.  So midway through his MBA program, he decided to propose. He prepared the best plans for his proposal – a romantic ski trip to Utah in December.  They would be on top of mountain surrounded by snow covered pine trees.  He would turn to her, a small breeze would blow her hair in such a way and she would smile. That would be the moment he would bend down and proclaim his eternal faithfulness and ask her to spend the rest of her life with him as his wife. Only five weeks was a long time and the ring was just burning a whole in his pocket.  He couldn’t wait. On their Thanksgiving trip to Ann Arbor to visit his grandmother, he took her downtown to a random dive bar that had a stuffed wolverine hanging on the wall and a special on a bucket of PBRs. And there in the back alley, he caught her off guard, pulled out the ring, and asked her to marry him. But now he had to wait just… Continue Reading

A Fort Adams wedding // Anne Marie and Jay

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” ~ Oscar Wilde. They met under the Brooklyn Bridge five years ago and discovered their common interests reached far beyond dog ownership and working in construction management.  Four years later, on the Brooklyn Bridge in the below freezing weather with a hidden bottle of champagne, he asked her to spend the rest of their lives together expanding those interests to traveling to South America or Las Vegas, cat ownership and agreeing on a china pattern. Anne Marie came to us full of spectacular ideas for her Fort Adams wedding, and after speaking with her on the phone, Dennis was inspired.  She described her future husband as Oscar Wilde-esque, but not as cynical.  Their wedding was going to be held a Newport destination wedding and the theme was garden party formal. Anne Marie described it.. “like regular formal – only with colored pants and funny blazers”. True to their uniqueness, Anne Marie and Jay’s Fort Adams wedding didn’t disappoint.  The bride wore a dress made by her mother from a special piece of fabric in place of a traditional white gown. And their bridal party dressed to match in their different patterned dresses and bow ties. Anne Marie and Jay allocated most of their day to an idiosynchratic and thorough portrait session throughout the Fort. Instead of flowers, they planted herbs in pots, and for her bouquet, a handful of rosemary sprigs. And to tie in the east coast flavor, there was clam chowder service, a raw bar complete with oysters and little neck clams, and a folk band. Continue Reading

Mansion wedding Newport Rhode Island // Tara and Chuck

Mid-December, we headed back to my hometown Newport, RI for a festive pre-Christmas Newport wedding at Astor’s Beechwood Mansion with Tara and Chuck. Being lucky enough to do Newport wedding photography in the town I grew up in is something I do not take for granted. We very much enjoy visiting family and reminiscing about the old days and showing Alex my old stomping grounds. Tara and Chuck live in New York City but liked the idea of an winter destination wedding in beautiful Newport and we fully concur with their decision…the venue and every detail of the evening was gorgeous.  The evening brought with it the first snowfall of the season so we thought we’d pop outside for a minute (or 10) and take some photos as Chuck was keen as mustard as they’d say in New Zealand. It was VERY cold even though they don’t look it, so good effort you two! Continue Reading

An Oceancliff Hotel wedding // Lisa and Jason

When we got the call from Lisa and Jason’s Oceancliff Hotel wedding, I got wicked excited.  This would be our first wedding in my home town of Newport, RI! As a special treat for us and our bride and groom, we invited our old pal and my original photo-partner-in-crime, Brian Lima to shoot with us.  Brian is an awesome photographer (who actually photographed our wedding) and he added a nice third-party perspective through the lens as well as giving us laughs all day. Lisa and Jason came down from Massachusetts full of East Coast spirit and Jaime got a real kick out of the strong accents.  Lisa and Jason had heaps of fun and were such good sports all day.  We headed to the Elms mansion where we had a bit of time to cruise around the grounds and their garden but I could’ve spent a full day there easily. Continue Reading